Zacks: Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) Given $60.00 Average Target Price by Brokerages

Shares of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) have received a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one brokers that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating.

Brokerages have set a twelve-month consensus target price of $60.00 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $1.24 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Great Southern Bancorp an industry rank of 54 out of 255 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

Several equities analysts have commented on GSBC shares. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 24th.

Shares of NASDAQ:GSBC traded down $0.02 on Tuesday, hitting $61.71. The company had a trading volume of 112 shares, compared to its average volume of 46,139. Great Southern Bancorp has a 1-year low of $43.30 and a 1-year high of $62.27. The stock has a market cap of $878.91 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.11 and a beta of 1.03. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $58.55 and a 200 day moving average price of $57.89. The company has a current ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 17th. The financial services provider reported $1.38 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.23 by $0.15. Great Southern Bancorp had a net margin of 27.77% and a return on equity of 13.29%. The firm had revenue of $54.58 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $52.20 million. Sell-side analysts anticipate that Great Southern Bancorp will post 5.11 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 14th. Investors of record on Monday, September 30th were paid a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, September 27th. This is an increase from Great Southern Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.20%. Great Southern Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is 28.87%.

In related news, VP Linton J. Thomason sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.39, for a total value of $301,950.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 6,180 shares in the company, valued at $373,210.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 23.23% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in GSBC. Calton & Associates Inc. purchased a new stake in Great Southern Bancorp in the second quarter worth $209,000. Marshall Wace LLP acquired a new stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp during the 1st quarter worth approximately $241,000. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL grew its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 4.5% during the 3rd quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL now owns 4,600 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $262,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP grew its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 24.8% during the 2nd quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 4,911 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $294,000 after buying an additional 976 shares during the period. Finally, Mutual Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 12.4% during the 2nd quarter. Mutual Advisors LLC now owns 8,157 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $488,000 after buying an additional 902 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 45.55% of the company’s stock.

Great Southern Bancorp Company Profile

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc operates as a bank holding company for Great Southern Bank that offers a range of financial services in the United States. Its deposit products include regular savings accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, fixed interest rate certificates with varying maturities, certificates of deposit, brokered certificates, and individual retirement accounts.

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